Beef Stew with Wine

With winter hanging, on and new snow on the way, this hearty beef stew with wine is like a warm hug. It tastes like it’s been simmering away for hours on end, but it’s a quick cook in a pressure cooker to achieve comfort in a bowl! Or if you have an Instant Pot, that will work just as well.

To make this an Irish stew for St. Patrick’s day (it won’t be gluten free), add a cup of Guinness (you can still keep the wine, or substitute it if you prefer).

Beef Stew with Wine

Chop all ingredients and put onto bowls. However, try to be consistent with the size so everything cooks evenly.

Chopped ingredients for beef stew with wine in bowls; onion, carrots and potatoes

Brown only half the meat and set it aside while you cook the onions. The pressure cooker is perfect for browning until it’s all combined with the rest of the meat and vegetables.

Ingredients for beef stew with wine in pressure cooker

Pressure cooker beef stew

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have broth, you can use store bought.

box of pho broth on counter

Portuguese Wine

However, don’t skimp on the quality of the wine. If you wouldn’t enjoy drinking it, don’t use it to cook with. Red wine adds depth of flavour and also helps tenderize the beef. We selected this Cabriz wine from Portugal. You can read more about Portuguese wine and its top 4 wine regions here.

Bottle of Cabriz wine with tomato paste for beef stew with wine

We always let the pressure cooker come up to pressure on the front burner, then move it to the back and reduce the heat. Keeping it at pressure on a gas stove can sometimes be a challenge; if you don’t hear it hissing, adjust the heat up. If it’s making too much noice, adjust it down. You should try to stay within ear shot :).

Pressure cooker on stove cooking beef stew with wine

This stew gets a natural release which generally takes about 15 minutes.

We often switch up this recipe with whatever we have on hand, so sometimes add peas or mushrooms. If you like things spicy, you can also garnish with some sliced peppers.

Two bowls of beef stew with bread

If you have leftover beef stew, it freezes really well. Because they are easy to stack, we prefer to freeze in Ziplocs.

Beef stew with wine in Ziploc bags ready to freeze

Beef stew with wine freezes well

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Beef Stew with Wine

Portuguese wine from the Dao region of Portugal lends a robust flavour to this hearty stew
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 pounds boneless beef trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 tbsp fresh
  • 1/3 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup dry red wine be sure to use one you enjoy drinking
  • 2 cups beef chicken or vegetable broth (we just use whatever we happen to have)
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce we use Tamari
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Dry beef with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat a tablespoon of oil in the pressure cooker over med-high heat. Brown half the meat on all sides and transfer to a bowl.
  • Heat another tablespoon of oil and cook onions until softened (5 minutes). Mix in tomato paste and thyme and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in flour and cook a minute. Then wisk in the wine scraping up any bits on the bottom. Smooth any lumps and cook another minute. Stir in broth, potatoes, carrots, soy sauce, bay leaves, browned beef (with juices) and remaining beef.
  • Put on the lid, lock in place and bring to high pressure over med-high heat. as soon as pressure is reached, reduce heat to med-low and cook for 25 minutes. You may have to adjust heat to maintain the high pressure.
  • Remove pressure cooker from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Then quick release remaining pressure, directing any steam away from you.


Add a cup of Guinness to turn this into an Irish stew if gluten isn't an issue. Note that you can either keep the wine and use both or substitute it for the Guinness. 

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2 thoughts on “Beef Stew with Wine

  1. I’m sorry your weather isn’t playing along, Sara, but I’d have a bowl of this yumminess anytime. It sounds amazing.

    • It’s comfort food in a bowl, but I’m really looking forward to some BBQ weather!!!

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